Elephant Pepper Camp


Elephant Pepper Camp is a small, exclusive and secluded Chic Retreat hidden away in a quiet grove of elephant pepper trees in the Northern Mara, Kenya. This boutique camp has only 10 luxury tents and offers its guests the ultimate authentic bush safari.  No generators, no permanent structures, no harsh modern lights just the sights and sounds of the African bush.  This Chic Retreat is perfectly placed to explore the globally famous Masai Mara ecosystem, which is renowned for its outstanding game viewing and exceptional populations of lion, leopard and cheetahs.  The Elephant Pepper Camp prides itself on its personal and friendly atmosphere and there is nothing more magical than the sight of the hurricane lamps flickering at camp as one returns home after an exhilarating day on safari and then being meet by the friendly smiling staff, a roaring camp fire and a well earned aperitif. Elephant Pepper Camp is situated in a location higher than 4000ft altitude and for this reason is considered malaria free.


Elephant Pepper Camp sits in a privately managed conservancy in the core of the Masai Mara ecosystem.  Game-driving is restricted to those vehicles belonging to lodges within the conservancy, so Elephant Pepper guests have this outstanding part of the Mara almost to themselves. The Elephant Pepper Camp guides are based in camp and know their backyard intimately. All the guides are Bronze or Silver level Kenya Professional Safari Guides Association certified, and some of the guides have guided in this area for 20 years.  The wildlife is abundant and lions, leopard, cheetahs, elephants, buffalo, hyenas, zebra, giraffe, topi, impala and black rhinoceros all make their home in the Mara.  The camp is also well situated to see the great migration when thousands of zebra and wildebeest come from the arid Serengeti plains in the north to look for fresh grazing in the fertile Mara eco-system. Evening game drives, bush walks and cultural visits to the local Masai homesteads can also be enjoyed by the guests.


Dining at Elephant Pepper Camp is a relaxed and communal affair. Meals are served in the beautifully decorated “mess tent” where guests enjoy the fabulous Italian recipes that have been passed down from the owner “Stefano Cheli’s” mother and perfected for the safari camp over the years. Elephant Pepper Camp’s cuisine includes a mouth-watering combination of homemade pastas, traditional Italian recipes such as Melanzane Parmigiana and Osso Bucco, and fresh organic salads. Although if pasta isn’t’ your thing there are plenty of other options. Romantic private dinners can also be arranged for special occasions. Special diets can be easily catered for, although prior notice is required to give the camp managers ample time to make the necessary preparations.

Why is it chic?
an authentic bush safari experience

10 x


chic treats


Room type Mar 2017 Apr 2017 May 2017 Jun 2017 Jul 2017 Aug 2017 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 Nov 2017 Dec 2017 Jan 2018 Feb 2018 Mar 2018
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Family/Honeymoon Tents - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is USD.

There is a minimum 2 night booking at Elephant Pepper Camp;  Children 0 - 5 yrs sharing are free of charge; a child in his / her own room will be charged a single room rate. Honeymoon/Family tent - additional children charged at the per child sharing rate (max 4 people).

Valid 03 Jan - 31 Jul 2014 & 01 Sep - 20 Dec 2014 (excludes August 2014 & 21 Dec 2014 - 02 Jan 2015).Receive a 10% DISCOUNT OFF accommodation rates when booking 6 nights or more at 2 of the following: Tortilis, Cottars 1920's Safari Camp, Elsa's Kopje, Elephant Pepper Camp, Lewa Safari Camp or Joy Safari Camp which are all within the C&P Portfolio.

Please note some park fees may apply. MNC conservancy fees have now been included in the accommodation rate. One visit to the National Reserve is included per 3 night stay. Additional visits to the reserve will incur additional park fees of $80 per adult and $40 per child (payable direct); park fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Please note that the camp will be closed from 01 April - 15 June 2014

Rates at Elephant Pepper Camp include: 

  • Full board accommodation & MNC Conservancy fees
  • Soft drinks,beer, house wine & selected spirits
  • Day & night (pre dinner) game drives
  • One day in the Masai Mara National ReserveGuided bush walks
  • Bush breakfasts & sundowners
  • Mara North & Musiara airstrip transfers 
  • Transfers to cultural visits
  • Limited laundry
  • All statutory taxes (approx. 25%)


All tips are at the guest’s discretion.   Staff tips are collected in a central tip box, then distributed evenly to all staff members. A recommended amount is US$ 5 - 10 per guest per night. Guides are tipped separately (same recommendation of US$ 5 - 10 per guest per night). 




Cottar’s 1920s Safari Camp is a seriously exclusive safari camp in Kenya and the place to go when you want to experience what the Mara is really about. Every guide is highly qualified and each safari is designed for the individual. "The perfect place to combine the wild life and the high life. Cottar’s Safari Camp is a very intimate, very invigorating way of seeing Africa.” Tatler Travel Guide


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This is in addition to the usual boutique hotel benefits of complementary early check in, late check out, room upgrade when available and welcome drink


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